Policy Board terminates NCAA Season 95

Mark Escarlote on Mar 19, 2020 12:53 PM
Policy Board terminates NCAA Season 95
The NCAA Policy Board has decided to end Season 95. (Josh Albelda)

The NCAA Policy Board has decided to terminate Season 95 in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

“The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced through the Policy Board of Season 95 President Francisco Cayco of Season Host Arellano University that NCAA Season 95 is terminated,” according to the NCAA statement sent to ABS-CBN Sports by Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco of season host Arellano University on Thursday.

The NCAA ManCom last week has recommended to the Policy Board, composed of presidents of member universities and colleges, to end the season entirely after a month of halt.

Also last week, President Rodrigo Duterte put Metro Manila under community quarantine to curb the spread of the virus. Days after the whole of Luzon was put under an enhanced lockdown before declaring a state of calamity for the whole country.       

“This was arrived at after consulting the Policy Board members. First and foremost that was considered was the safety of the athletes, students, fans, and officials,” according to the statement.

Affected sports of the termination are volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. Completed events for the season were basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.

The NCAA has raised the possibility of extending the playing year of seniors for another year for those student-athletes who have not completed the season.

“Eligibility matters of athletes being raised shall be discussed later,” the statement said.

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